Dolly Plans Water and Snow Park; First Wave of DelFest Artists Announced; Using Music As A Weapon

Juli Thanki | January 20th, 2012

  • On February 26 in Jackson, Mississippi, Glen Campbell will play a benefit concert for Alzheimer’s research.
  • In totally unrelated news, an A.V. Club reader asks the staff what music they’d use as a weapon. Jerry Reed was one of the artists mentioned in the article. What songs would you use?
  • Johnny Otis, an R&B pioneer, passed away earlier this week at the age of 90.
  • Mandolinist Herschel Sizemore, who had been diagnosed with throat cancer, is now in remission, Bluegrass Today’s John Lawless reports.
  • Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers announced some new tour dates. They’ll be hitting Nevada, California, Missouri and Massachusetts.
  • Hal Horowitz of Paste gave four stars to documentary Phil Ochs: There but for Fortune.
  • Watch Australian Americana artist Henry Wagons cover of Bob Dylan’s “Positively 4th Street.” It’s also available as a free download.
  • Jake Schepps’ Expedition Quartet, a group that creates “an intriguing goulash of Bartok, bluegrass, and bebop,” played an NPR Tiny Desk Concert.
  • “No Hurry” will be the Zac Brown Band’s next single.
  • Alan Bartram of the Del McCoury Band announces, via Top 10 countdown, the first wave of artists slated to perform at this year’s DelFest.

  1. Rick
    January 20, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    I might have to give that new Kellie Pickler album a listen through. It will have a tough time measuring up to the Pistol Annies debut though…

    So Dolly Parton wants to be in on “Opryland V. 2″ huh? Good luck!

    I think I preferred the “Twangy Americana” style Kathleen Edwards used to pursue. Oh well.

    Henry Wagons’ cover of Dylan was quite listenable. Sort of what Dex Romweber might be capable of if he had more talent (and a better guitar).

    The Jake Schepps track reminds me why I don’t care for Bartok’s music in any form.

    I’ve found a viable alternative to the Opry on Friday nights! Its a live online DJ show featuring rock and roll from 1955 to 1971 spun by “Ricky The K”. It airs for 3 hours starting at 9 PM Eastern meaning I’ll only listen to the first hour of the Opry except when they feature artists I really like. Here’s the website link for you other early years rock and rollers! (lol)


  2. Ben Foster
    January 20, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Kellie Pickler likes traditional country and puppies.

    Who doesn’t? :)

    Rick, I would definitely recommend giving the new Pickler album a listen. I don’t expect that you’ll love it quite as much as I did, but I’m sure there are moments that you would appreciate – possibly “Stop Cheatin’ On Me,” “Mother’s Day,” etc.

  3. Rick
    January 21, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Ben, thanks for the tip! I will definitely have to check out those tunes. The real question is how they stand up to Amber Digby’s covers of Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette songs…

    Emmylou Harris Opry Alert! Tonight (Saturday) Emmylou Harris takes over the Opry at 8:15 PM (CST) along with her friends including Vince Gill, Rodney Crowell, Buddy Miller, Shawn Colvin, and Kimmie Rhodes. Other acts featured tonight include Mandy (The Mangler) Barnett and Craig Morgan. I’m sure glad its on from 5 to 7:30 PM out here on the west coast! (lol)
    Opry Schedule:

    Also, the Ernest Tubb Record Shop “Midnite Jamboree” has been playing historic archived shows lately and tonight’s show features Mac Wiseman. I would guess the one Engine 145 regular who might be tuned in tonight is Jon W. On February 4th it will be Roy Acuff, so I don’t want to miss that one!

  4. Jon
    January 21, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Mac Wiseman is the bomb.

  5. Barry Mazor
    January 21, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    I support all Mac Wiseman endeavors at least as much as Jon W. ..but seriously–just listen.

  6. Paul W Dennis
    January 22, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I remember Mac fron the days he was a regular on the WWVA Wheeling Big Jamboree and I would listen on my six transistor radio.

    Mac Wiseman is timeless, ageless and a national treasure worthy of Kennedy Center honors, not that he’ll ever get them (Eddy Arnold didn’t and he was far more fworthy than some of the honorees).

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